Sniffer brokers knowledge for use across all sectors; public, private and third sector, and academia.

Scotland is facing big challenges. Across the environment, health and the economy we need to find new and innovative solutions that are sustainable and create the resilient communities we all want to live and work in.

We define resilience as the ability to anticipate and understand changes to the environment in which we live and their implications for society, communities, businesses and infrastructure. 

Resilience implies adapting and thriving in the face of change and uncertainty.  It involves assessing and managing risks, and taking advantage of opportunities.

Social factors such as equity, governance, capacity, connectivity and networks support resilience.

To deliver knowledge-based solutions to these issues the team has an innovative partnership approach to

  • good practice
  • synthesising and translating evidence
  • commissioning new studies
  • targeted communications, guidance and training

Our focus is on Scotland's resilience and we take a lead in identifying and understanding emerging issues relating to

  • climate resilience
  • sustainable cities
  • environment and health
  • resilient catchments
  • environmental regulation

To create solutions to these challenges Sniffer connects with local, national and international experts.

Read more about how we work.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss our work or how Sniffer could work with your organisation. For more information contact

Sniffer's key strengths - what our stakeholders say about us

"Sniffer is seen as a credible, independent authority in environmental research. This position of authority stems from the funding and involvement of government departments and agencies and the scientific rigour of research undertaken."

"Sniffer is seen as providing good value for money and provides research that has benefit beyond the needs of individual organisations, extending to the network of organisations and through our influence on policy to the public at large."

"Sniffer has been seen to be highly successful in bringing together a range of partners from different fields who would not necessarily collaborate were it not for Sniffer."


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